Theater Posters

Three very nice posters designed by David Hellsing.

David Hellsing Poster

Tripoli CSS Rendering Foundation

David Hellsing has created a new CSS Rendering Foundation (if that confuses you, think framework) with cross-browser compatibility.

The CSS files basically include a global reset, generic styles, and a print stylesheet. There is also an IE stylesheet for specific IE bugs. The CSS files looks pretty good.

All of the typography is based on The Elements of Typographic Style:

Vertical rhythm, line-heights, margins and font sizes have been carefully selected to follow classic typographic guidelines from books like “The Elements of Typographic Style“. All measurements are set in em’s, so it’s very easy to do elastic and dynamic layouts while still keeping typographical proportions. Rules like font-size and font-family are set globally so you can easily override them with new values that suits your project without ruining the natural flow.

Even cooler, Tripoli also introduces the idea of using “plugs” to extend the generic base code:

One of the ideas behind Tripoli is to allow external plugs to extend the generic base. To demonstrate this, I have created a negative plug that changes all colors to prepare for a negative layout. Other plugs could be sidebars, menus, rounded boxes, code formatting and other helpful widgets.

The Tripoli site includes several examples of how it works. My particular favorite is the example where he takes a page from a W3C spec and completely restyles it (links to the changed styles at the top of the document):

Typography Course Syllabus

I stumbled across this blog the other day which includes an entire course syllabus for a Typography class at Marietta College (GRPH 210). I found the site quite interesting because there is actually a lot of really good info about Typography on the site:

I’m also quite pleased to discover that they are using Linotype’s FontExplorer X for font management in their labs as well. I don’t think that the typography professor in my department has forgiven me yet for pulling the plug on FontReserve and replacing it with FEX. Sigh.

I think that overall the site is a nice example of what can be done with a “departmental blog”. I’ve been working on something similar for my own job.

A New Typeface for Road Signs

Last weekend the New York Times Magazine featured an article about the typeface that will eventually grace its presence on all of the highways in the US.

It’s a nice little article about the history of signage for the US Highways. The previous family of typefaces used by the Federal Highway Administration was known as Highway Gothic. The new typeface that’s slated to replace it is Clearview. The picture below shows the old Highway Gothic on the left and Clearview on the right.

Highway Sign in Clearview Type

Clearview was designed by Don Meeker and James Montalbano, with an eye for readability at 70mph. According to their studies, Clearview is quite successful.

In nighttime tests, Clearview showed a 16 percent improvement in recognition over Highway Gothic, meaning drivers traveling at 60 miles per hour would have an extra one to two seconds to make a decision.

That’s a lot of time on a highway.

Kohoi Vinh has posted about the article on Subtraction (one of the best designed blogs around):

Vinh has posted some really nice photos of the print version of the story. It’s a shame I missed the print version. The layout is quite nice. I might just have to go find myself a copy.

New Edition of FontBook

A new edition of FontBook has been released.

Fontbook Cover FontBook Sample Pages

I really would like a copy this. Hint, hint.

Khoi Vinh has a write-up about the book on Subtraction.

Via Daring Fireball.